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Tackling violence against women from the workplace


The State Government is taking bold steps to eliminate violence against women under a new workplace culture program being rolled out to staff across the public sector.

A total of 24 agencies have developed new action plans to address gender inequality as part of the Workplace Equality and Respect Project, led by the Equal Opportunity Commission.

The plans aim to strengthen workplace gender equality, increase staff awareness and offer support available for people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

Each department’s plan is specific to its staff, with actions promoting equal participation in the workforce, respectful relationships between genders and the breaking down of stereotypes.

The plans can include actions such as:

  • Staff training on men’s violence against women
  • Participating in key events such as White Ribbon Day
  • Increasing awareness of support, policies and procedures in place for those experiencing violence
  • Promoting the Public Sector entitlement of 15 days paid leave for people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence.

The Government is taking action to create a public sector where access to opportunity is not determined by gender and where all staff feel safe and respect in their workplace. The action plans reflect commitment to gender equality and preventing violence against women, as well as ensuring employees have access to the support and assistance they need if experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence.

Workplace gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities and are afforded the same value and respect – regardless of gender.

Together, we can all contribute to a South Australia where women and their children can feel safe at home, in the workplace and on the streets.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, phone 000 in an emergency.

For free 24/7 confidential counselling, information and support, phone 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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